BRITE Energy Innovators


Problem solving civic energy hackathon set for January 29 in Warren

WARREN, OH – December 16, 2020 BRITE Energy Innovators today announced its call for participants for BRITEhack 2021, its annual civic energy hackathon focused on addressing energy issues faced by community organizations.  Presented by PNC Bank, the event is looking for teams or individual engineers, designers, developers, project managers and interested students to join in.

The 2021 BRITEhack event will take place on January 29, 2021 from 8 am to 5 pm in Downtown Warren, OH. Participants will spend the day working in teams to create innovative solution for the challenge in this hybrid virtual event. In addition to social distancing and other rigorous safety procedures, the organizers have accommodations in place to make the event completely virtual if necessary. All participants will also have the option to participate remotely. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all participants, and participants on the winning team(s) will take home prizes up to $1,000. To learn more or register, visit

This year, BRITE selected its neighbor, Trumbull Family Fitness as the challenge beneficiary. As a community institution more than 100 years old, TFF is grappling with debilitating energy costs due to outdated electrical systems. The BRITEHack challenge: propose economical ways to enhance their systems and improve sustainability. 

“BRITE was created to offer a place where creative minds can come together to solve energy challenges, so this is a perfect fit for us,” said Rick Stockburger, President/CEO of BRITE. Stockburger. He notes that at the inaugural event in 2018, BRITE partnered with the City of Warren’s Wastewater Department. Team’s proposals resulted in more than $400,000 of energy cost savings for the City of Warren – that amounts to 10 years of energy savings! “We are excited to bring together this wide variety of skill and talent to benefit the community. We have received such an outpouring of support that we feel this is one way we can give some of that back.” 

HOW IT WORKS: Traditionally “hackathons” are efficient, low risk way to encourage innovation, catalyze startups and engage talent. Participants are motivated by the mixed groups, challenging problems, tight deadlines and cash prizes. BRITEhack is focused on using this model to set in motion smart energy-related action plans that result in positive change for the community. 

Registrants are organized into mixed teams by BRITE in advance of the event based on their skills and experience. These small mixed groups will then convene for a day to engage with experts and “hack” or create proposed solutions for the presented challenge. Group presentations are made to assembled judges at the end of the day and the best solutions are awarded a $1000! 

BRITE Energy Innovators is powering the future of energy across the State of Ohio. As the state’s only energy incubator, we have assisted nearly 300 New Energy tech startups with mentorship, funding assistance and over $135 million in investor connections. We empower founders to launch energy technology solutions. By fusing experienced entrepreneurs in residence, advanced equipment in the BRITE Energy Labs and community coworking spaces in Warren, we are creating opportunities for all Ohioans.

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